There are almost always volunteer opportunities with the Town of Sykesville! To find one that fits best for you, the following chart has been put together. The top three categories are for adult volunteers. The next four have openings for those under 18 or looking for Service Learning Hours as well! If you have any questions, please contact the Town.
Higher Time Commitment
(monthly meetings, work outside of meetings, set minimum number of hours)
Historic District Commission
The HDC utilizes its members' interests in architecture, historical preservation, nature, and the town's aesthetics to review and approve proposals of changes in architecture and appearances in the town, including the construction, exterior alteration, reconstruction, moving, or demolition of a structure.
HDC has 7 members serving three-year terms.
The Planning Commission works with the Town Code and Master Plan to assess the legality of proposed land use changes, changes to existing sites, and new developments within the Town.
Planning Commission has 7 members serving five-year terms.
Sykesville Parks and Recreation (SPARC)
SPARC consists of members interested in improving the Town's parks and providing community events for citizens attend. This includes maintaining the quality and cleanliness of parks and their equipment, organizing Town events, and recruiting volunteers for said Town events.
SPARC has 7 members serving one-year terms.
Board of Zoning Appeals
The Board of Zoning Appeals is responsible for hearing appeals from individuals who are requesting exceptions or variations for Town Ordinances in regard to land use and building requirements or from individuals who are questioning the appropriateness of orders made by Town officials.
It is the Board’s goal to treat all individuals fairly and courteously. Each appeal is heard and decided on its own merit. The Board of Zoning Appeals meets on an as needed base.
- The BZA has 3 members currently serving three-year terms.
The Ethics Commission reviews employee and volunteer disclosure forms annually for conflicts of interest, processes complaints, and makes the appropriate determinations to keep the Town in compliance with the Maryland Ethics Code.
- There are currently 3 members of the Ethics Commission serving non-expiring term.
Please contact the Town for more information or if you are interested in joining the Ethics Commission
Board of Election Supervisors
The Board of Election Supervisors is in charge of the registration of voters, nominations, and all Town elections, including regular elections and any special elections.
- The BOE has 3 members serving two-year terms.
Please contact the Town for more information or if you are interested in joining the Board of Election Supervisors
The Police Auxiliary is a civilian force that assists the Police Department. This position requires a time commitment of 10 hours per month, which can be acquired through time spent helping at Town events, joining Police on ride-along, and helping as a crossing guard.
For more information, please visit the Police Department page or contact the Police Department. If you are interested in joining the Police Auxiliary, an application can be found on the Police Department page or you can pick one up from the Police Department.
Lower Time Commitment
(one-time events, as needed volunteers)
The Historic Colored Schoolhouse hosts a Homework Club on Mondays and Wednesdays to encourage local children to get after-school help. Students looking to tutor and help other students are welcome to attend, and students looking for additional help are encouraged to come check out the Schoolhouse's Homework Club.
The Gatehouse Museum houses Sykesville's history through pictures and information. The museum's curator, Jack White, is looking for volunteers to help restore and organize the museum in order to improve the overall experience of the museum for citizens.
Little Sykes Railroad is looking for volunteers to help out during their open season in May through October. Little Sykes Railroad is open on Sundays from 9 AM to 1 PM, weather permitting.
Student service learning hours are available.
Other volunteer opportunities are available with the Downtown Sykesville Connection! Visit their website for info on their events and their sign-up geniuses for the Farmers' Market and their upcoming event.
Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts with ideas for Eagle Scout and Gold Award Projects should contact the Town.